Thursday, September 06, 2007

Five Songs, Chapter Twenty-Three

"Ready to Go" by Jennifer O'Connor

Off her record The Color and the Light, this is a two-minute song, gentle in sound but ambiguous in message (bitter? defeated? cautiously hopeful?), perfect for listening to four or five times in a row without a problem.

"Cigarettes, Wedding Bands" by Band of Horses

I've mentioned this band's new album a couple of times, but vaguely. Now that I've listened to it several times, it's clear that somebody better release something pretty damn great, pretty damn quickly if they want to challenge this for the year's best. Their debut last year was also terrific -- the new one keeps a lot of its strengths (consistency, songwriting, and the echo-y vocals), but does a slightly better job balancing ethereal numbers with harder rockers, like this one.

"You've Got to Hide Your Love Away" by The Beatles

How Help! doesn't make it on to lists of my favorite albums, I have no idea. It's enough to make me think the master list needs some updating. Perhaps in the coming weeks...

"Groove is in the Heart" by Deee-Lite

For the groove, yes. And for the heart, sure. But also for the way Bootsy Collins ends it with, "Y'all are crazy, man!"

"Halah" by Mazzy Star

I must have lost the album this appears on, She Hangs Brightly, a while back, but only noticed recently. So, today I downloaded this, the opening track and my favorite. It has the honor of being the 7,000th song in my iTunes.

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4 Comments:

Blogger Carrie said...

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9:28 AM  
Blogger Carrie said...

Sorry, my lack of coffee thus far made that last comment just embarassing.

Anyway, are you trying to make us jealous by talking about the new Band of Horses record? Because it's working for me...

Sigh. I've only heard one song so far.

9:30 AM  
Blogger lmha said...

Love two of these selections, the Beatles & Mazzy Star. Long time fan of those two.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Katy said...

You are my favorite stranger.
I love your site,
I appreciate and relish your p.o.v,
and I am always amused that
truth be told-
you are a webrynth phantom to me!

You are so inside me head, and yet you are clearly wiser...you are like my unofficial 4th older brother (I have 3 officially)

I love your dad's film reviews, as well.

OK, ok, I know, again with the compliments...

As ever,
Katy Oliver

katyoliver.com

1:59 AM  

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